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16th Jan 2014

Richardt Strauss back in the squad for Leinster against the Ospreys tomorrow night


Diagnosis with a heart condition in October looked to have ended his year, so it is great to have the Irish international back and on the bench for the final Pool game of this year’s Heineken Cup.

All Leinster need is a point at the RDS tomorrow night to book their place in the knock-out phase, but they need a win to be in with any shot of a home quarter-final.

With that in mind, coach Matt O’Connor has picked a strong team, with a formidable front three of Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Martin Moore. Mike Ross and Jack McGrath drop to the bench, where they will be joined by Richardt Strauss, who has completed a remarkable return from a heart condition to be fit to play again.

There are more changes on the back row as Rhys Ruddock and Shane Jennings come in for Kevin McLaughlin and Jordi Murphy. The backs remain the same as the ones who started in Castres last week.

With the return of Strauss, and the re-signing of Sean O’Brien today, the mood in the Leinster camp should be buoyant for the visit of their Welsh rivals. Even a five-point haul may not be enough for a home quarter-final but it looks like Leinster will try and keep their end of the bargain at least.

Leinster team to play Ospreys:

15: Rob Kearney

14: Dave Kearney

13: Brian O’Driscoll

12: Gordon D’Arcy

11: Luke Fitzgerald

10: Jimmy Gopperth

9: Eoin Reddan

1: Cian Healy

2: Sean Cronin

3: Martin Moore

4: Devin Toner

5: Mike McCarthy

6: Rhys Ruddock

7: Shane Jennings

8: Jamie Heaslip CAPTAIN


16: Richardt Strauss

17: Jack McGrath

18: Mike Ross

19: Leo Cullen

20: Jordi Murphy

21: Isaac Boss

22: Ian Madigan

23: Zane Kirchner
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